Kristina Makeeva

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Moscow, Russia

Kristina is a hugely talented photographer and globetrotter from Russia. We came across Kristina's diverse and unique artworks through our partner The Arts Gallery, who represent her. Having followed her for a while now, we thought it was time for all of you to get to know Kristina through a little interview. Read on!

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Who is Kristina and what does she do?

My photos are warm, fabulous, full of wonders. 
I’m a photographer from Moscow who is trying to show her viewers the beauty that surrounds us everyday in the simple things around.
My slogan is: Today isn't just another day. Today I'll create something beautiful.

What is your background?

I began studying the graphics editor Adobe Photoshop on my own at the age of 14.  At the age of 16, I got my first camera and was fond of photography for my entire future life.  This sequence affects all of my work.  I don’t not limit my imagination to the possibilities of the camera. I use a graphic editor to embellish the surrounding reality, make it more vivid and fabulous.  I graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Culture with a diploma in Digital Image Processing.

What does photography/art mean to you?

Photography is my life! I can not live a day without taking a single shot.

What do you think art means to people in general? What is the importance of art in the world?

I think that art is a giant leap in evolution that distinguishes humans from other animals.  A human begins to engage in art after solving urgent problems of survival.  Art has many different functions: it can inform people about problems in society, it can teach, inspire, .. But the most important thing is that art brings joy and other positive emotions to both the creator and the audience.

How do you work?

Planning is not for me. Everything always happens differently for me. Sometimes I see a beautiful photo on social networks and plan a trip to this location, sometimes I just stop in the middle of the road, seeing the wonderful landscape from the car window. Sometimes I plan to shoot several months in advance and know exactly what the final shot will look like, sometimes I completely change the photo during editing. I have no rules for creativity.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Travel has been my main source of inspiration in recent years.  In fact, the idea can come completely unexpectedly.  Most often, this is the baggage of experience, books read, films watched, paintings, listened to music, conversations, often other creative people, different people, ballerinas, artists, actors, writers, even… inspiration - everywhere.  Sometimes nature itself gives such a picture that you can't imagine on purpose.

Which artist or artwork inspires you most?

I have no idols. I am inspired by individual photos of different artists, no matter if they’re masters or beginners. I only have my own works in my house.
 
Who would you like to be compared to?

No one, really. I am myself and don’t have any desire to be like someone else.

What do you hope to achieve in your art career?

When people ask me why I so often refuse to take photos for money, I answer, "I'm not greedy, but I'm vain."  Ideally, I want to be the best photographer in the world.

What do you like and dislike about the art world?

What I dislike most is the increasing incidence of plagiarism in the art world.  Many artists think only about profit and forget about the art itself.

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